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Legal news from Wednesday, July 7, 2010
by Hillary Stemple

The Turkish Constitutional Court on Wednesday annulled portions of the government-approved constitutional amendments aimed at limiting the power of the judiciary and bringing the traditionally-secular military and judiciary under government control. The court declined to annul the entire package of amendments, as requested by Turkey's opposition Republican People's …

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by Drew Singer

The Obama administration filed a brief Tuesday asking a federal appeals court to reinstate the offshore drilling ban ordered after the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The filing in the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit argues that the court should allow for the six-month …

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by Hillary Stemple

A complaint was filed with the Dutch prosecutor's office on Tuesday alleging that three Dutch soldiers, operating as UN peacekeepers, were complicit in the commission of war crimes and genocide during the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, which resulted in the death of 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys. The complaint was filed by the relatives …

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by Sarah Miley

A group of Chicago citizens on Tuesday filed suit against the city and Mayor Richard Daly claiming the the city's new gun control ordinance infringes on their constitutional rights. The new ordinance bans gun shops in Chicago and prohibits gun owners from stepping outside their homes, including porches and garages, with a handgun. The complaint, …

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by Hillary Stemple

German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere announced Wednesday that Germany would accept two detainees from the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. The announcement came after months of negotiations with the Obama administration, which originally asked Germany to take up to 10 detainees from the facility. The German government indicated in April …

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by Sarah Miley

Former Chongqing deputy police chief and high-ranking judicial official Wen Qiang was executed in China on Wednesday after an appeal of his corruption charges was rejected by the Chongqing Intermediate People's Court in May. Wen was convicted in April of accepting bribes, protecting criminal gangs, rape and being unable …

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by Hillary Stemple

An Australian court on Wednesday ordered four companies and the captain of a cargo ship to stand trial over a 2009 oil spill that resulted in more than 53,000 gallons of oil being spilled into the coastal waters surrounding Australia. The captain of the cargo ship was charged with disposal of oil in coastal waters and of …

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by Sarah Miley

The Tokyo District Court on Wednesday convicted New Zealand anti-whaling activist Peter Bethune on five criminal charges in connection with boarding a Japanese whaling vessel as part of a protest in the Antarctic. Bethune was convicted of assault, trespass, destruction of property, illegal possession of a weapon and obstruction of business. He had …

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by Hillary Stemple

Hawaii Governor Linda Lingle (R) on Tuesday vetoed a bill that would have allowed same-sex civil unions. The bill, which would have conferred upon homosexual and heterosexual couples rights and benefits equal to those afforded married couples in the state, was approved by the House in …

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by Sarah Miley

A Paris criminal court on Wednesday sentenced former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega to seven years in jail for money laundering. Noriega, whose trial began last week, was convicted of laundering $3 million in drug profits by purchasing property in Paris. A lawyer for Noriega stated that the former dictator would receive credit …

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by Erin Bock

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Tuesday announced a proposed rule that will reduce air pollution transported across state lines and bring delinquent areas into compliance with federal and state air quality requirements. The Transport Rule targets power plants specifically as a cost-effective way to reduce sulfur dioxide and nitrogen …

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by Patrice Collins

The French National Assembly on Tuesday began debate on a bill that would make it illegal to wear the Islamic burqa or other full face veils in public. Under the bill, women who wear the veil can be required by police to show their face, and, if they refuse, they can be …

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